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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Bicycle Queen: 1959

Bicycle Queen: 1959

March 20, 1959. "Sixteen-year-old actress Annette Funicello, Bicycle Queen of 1959." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.

 

My First Heart Throb

Annette was my 1st dream girl. All the young boys watched her on the Mickey Mouse Club dreamed about her.

Though lovely in 1959-

She truly blossomed in the styles and fashions of 1960s on the golden California beaches, and her films from that era will always be a treat, particularly to those of us of who initially saw them as teenagers.

She Gets Around a Lot

Annette's posed in front of the guard shack at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank facing South Buena Vista Street.

My First "Crush"

First of all: Thanks! BIG MIKE for saying it all; you put my very thoughts into words. Well Said!

In 1959, I was 11 years old, and Annette, at 16 was the "older woman" in my life. I wonder how many of "us of a certain age" remember how we dreamed of a date with Annette: going to a soda shop, or the movies, or even a bike ride.

She was the sweetheart of my pre-teen years!

Bicycle Queen of 1959

And queen of my heart forever.

A Starlet

Ironically enough it seems she's riding the Schwinn "Starlet" model.
See: The 1959 Schwinn Catalog online

One Classy Lady

Those of us of a certain age grew up with Annette on the Mickey Mouse Club and her later ventures into music and films and remember her well. A beautiful young lady and woman who I'm sure passed up many offers from the Men's magazines of the day for a bit more. She remained a classy and courageous lady 'til the end and is a fond memory for all of us.

 
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